Mother, Baby Among 9 Dead in Oklahoma Tornadoes

Storms slam Oklahoma City, suburbs

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 1, 2013 5:34 AM CDT

(Newser) – Nine people are dead and dozens injured after a new round of tornadoes slammed Oklahoma last night, reports AP and CNN. Among the fatalities were a mother and infant, whose bodies were found near their car on I-40, a major state artery. Oklahoma City and its suburbs took the brunt of storms, which were followed by heavy flooding. Fuller assessments will become clearer this morning, but the tornadoes were not as powerful as the EF5 monster that hit Moore, Okla., less than two weeks ago. That city got hit again yesterday, however, with winds estimated at 80mph.

"This storm had everything you could handle at one time: tornadoes, hail, lightning, heavy rain, people clogging the highways," says a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Norman, Okla.

People retrieve belongings from a home destroyed after severe weather passed through in Union City, Okla.   (AP Photo/Nick Oxford)
Ron Ulloa looks over his damaged business at I-40 in El Reno, Okla.   (AP Photo/The Oklahoman, Jim Beckel)
An overturned semitrailer on the eastbound lanes of Interstate 40, just east of El Reno, Okla.   (AP Photo/The Omaha World-Herald, Chris Machian)
Vehicles trapped by flash flooding sit underneath I-235 in Oklahoma City, Friday.   (EDMOND SUN OUT, OKLAHOMA GAZETTE OUT)
A tornado forms in El Reno, Okla., on Friday.   (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)
Overturned trucks block a frontage road off I-40 just east of 81 in El Reno, Okla.   (EDMOND SUN OUT, OKLAHOMA GAZETTE OUT)
A tornado forms over I-40 in Midwest City, Okla. on Friday.   (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)
Cars that were damaged by a tornado in parking lot are seen in El Reno, Okla.   (EDMOND SUN OUT, OKLAHOMA GAZETTE OUT)
A tornado touches down near El Reno, Okla., Friday.   (AP Photo, The Omaha World-Herald, Chris Machian)
A truck squeezes past an overturned tractor-trailer on I-40 in El Reno, Okla.   (EDMOND SUN OUT, OKLAHOMA GAZETTE OUT)
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